Guatemala 2012

Here I go again.

I’ve been given the opportunity to go alongside of Hands and Feet Ministries this upcoming May 5, 2012 – May 12, 2012 to Guatemala!

We will be going to work alongside another ministry called Hope of Life International (http://hopeoflifeintl.org/)

I could sit here and try to explain what their ministry does, but I think this video sums it all up. (Be prepared to shed a few tears.)

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Here is a list of items we will be doing while there.

–Construction – build a home – work on a hospital
–Mobile Medical Clinics
–Feeding centers
–Evangelism Outreach
–Programs – music, drama, gospel illusions, skits, teaching
–Preaching
–Jungle Outreach
–Sports Outreach
–Orphanage
–Rescue Center
–Elderly Home
–School Programs

In order to go on this trip, I have been asked to raise $1500 that will go towards the airplane ticket, building supplies, food, and any extra supplies that may be needed.

Donations can be sent directly to Hands and Feet Ministries:

Hands And Feet
300 Colonial Drive
Waynesburg, PA 15370

(If you would like to, you can turn in this Tax Document with it as well. Click Here)

OR:

You can pay online here: http://www.handsfeet.org/donate/

(Be sure to put my name: Matt Manes as the individual you would like to donate to.)

I can’t thank you enough for all of your support!

Every Single Man’s Battle – Book Review

Every Single Man’s Battle.
http://www.everymansbattle.com/.
Waterbrook Multnomah.
Buy on Amazon.

From Waterbrook Multnomah Description:
Powerful ammunition for your war against sexual temptation.

As a man, you’re bombarded by sexual images and battle inner urges. You want to do right—in fact, you want to meet God’s standard of avoiding any hint of sexual immorality. But accomplishing that goal is a challenge.

If you are a single man struggling to remain sexually pure, you are not alone—
there’s practical, hard-hitting help from the authors of the blockbuster Every Man Series. Every Single Man’s Battle guides you—or your men’s group—through an honest and clear exploration of God’s Word. You’ll undertake a personal journey into key scriptures, wrestle with questions for reflection and examination, and discover the practical tools and biblical strategies you need to live the pure life God calls you to—even while living in a sexually-soaked culture.

Now includes the workbook!

Before I get into my blog about this book, I just wanted to clear the air, as they say, and let you know that I am NOT single, but am extremely happily married. I was given this book by a publishing company called, Waterbrook Multnomah to review as part of their blogger review program.

And now we begin…

This series of books has been a great help to me in my life. While in college, a group of fellow men and I went through Every Man’s Battle, then we went through Every Young Man’s Battle and they both were great books that helped us to be honest with our struggles with sexual purity.

Although this book was mainly about sexual purity, I found there were some key elements that would help to deal with other sins as well.

  • 1. Accountability – Throughout all of the Every Man’s series, one of the biggest points they seem to hit on is accountability. I’ve had a couple of great accountability partners over the years who have been there for me whenever I needed them. I highly recommend that if you don’t have an accountability partner, that you seek one out.
  • 2. Victory with your eyes and mind – There are 2 chapters, one is entitled “Victory with your eyes” and the other “Victory with your mind.” I still remember this concept from reading the 1st book in the series. They state that if you don’t look at something that may make you fall into sin, and if you don’t let you mind take you somewhere that might make you fall into temptation, then you will have a much better chance of not falling into that sin. I remember them referencing a sumo wrestler who lives inside of you and how if you continue to feed the sumo wrestler with images and with thoughts about sexual impurity, that it will get to the point where you can no longer defeat the sumo wrestler, and he will end up winning. This is also true with any other sin as well. If you personally continue to tempt yourself with these sins, there will come a time when you can no longer win and you will be defeated.
  • 3. Scripture – There are tons of great Bible verses throughout this book. I really appreciated how the authors realized that without Scripture, your fight with sexual purity and any other sin is going to be a huge defeat. I would recommend taking some of the verses shared in this book and memorize them for the next time you feel tempted by sin.

This book has a great workbook that is about 3/4ths of the book. I would highly recommend going through this book with a group of men and not by yourself. There are tons of great points to talk about in a group. You will also need a copy of Every Man’s Battle, as it references it a lot.

I really liked this book. It brought back a lot of ideas and concepts that I learned back in college and reminded me how far I’ve come since then and how grateful I am to God for bringing me here.


Disclosure of Material Connection: Waterbrook Multnomah sent me a free copy of this book as part of their bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Losing my iPhone – Week 1

So I’m going on a week without an iPhone and so far, I have to say it’s not such a bad thing.

I’m not going to go into why I no longer have an iPhone, but our contract with AT&T is up on July 20th. So I figured for the next 20 days or so, I’ll go without an iPhone and then decide if I want to get one when we switch to Verizon.


The Good Things About No iPhone

  • 1. Paying more attention to my wife. – Most of the time when we were out to dinner or even eating at home, we would have great conversation while we were in the middle of eating, but as soon as the eating was over, I found myself going to my phone and checking Twitter and Facebook and my e-mail. Ever since I got rid of the iPhone, I now find myself continuing the conversation well past desert.
  • 2. Staying focused on people I’m visiting with. – Not only was I finding myself doing this with my wife, but I also found myself using my phone when visiting with friends, whether it was over food, or even meeting some of my old youth group for coffee. I also just finished a week of VBS at my church and we all spent the first 15 minutes looking at our iPhones/iPods/iPads, instead of having conversations.
  • 3. Not needing to have it in my hand all day long. – My Pastor made a comment one time that he sees all of these people walking around with one of their limbs being used, because they are carrying their phones. After he said this, I began seeing it happen all of the time. People are using their elbows to open doors, because they are carrying their phone in their other hand. Ever since giving up the iPhone, I’ve actually forgot multiple times where my phone was and it felt really good.
  • The Bad Things About No iPhone

  • 1. Directions – The other day I was headed to a place that I’ve never been and normally I would pull out my iPhone and find directions and just use the phone to lead me there, but I actually ended up having to print off directions from MapQuest. It wasn’t that bad, but it definitely needed to be done beforehand and couldn’t just be a spur of the moment thing. BUT… I also have a GPS in my car and I know that Verizon has their own VZ Navigator that I could always use on another phone.
  • 2. Notes – I would use notes for anything and everything. I would use them for notes in church, grocery lists, and I even started a little early Christmas list of items that I wanted to ask for on Christmas. But ever since getting rid of the iPhone, I’ve had to go back to writing things on pieces of paper, and then I would lose them and have no clue where I put them. BUT… The good news is that most phones do have a notes section on them. It may not be as easy to use as the iPhone, but I can still keep track of things better.
  • 3. Calendar – My good friend, Todd Stepp asked me if I could go golfing with him. Checked my schedule and I was open, so I told him that I could. The next day, I walk in to work and my co-worker asked if I could cover her shift on the same day that I was supposed to go golfing. Because my memory isn’t the greatest, I told her I could without even thinking about golfing. When I got home, I realized the mistake I made and was able to get the shift at work covered, but I’m very certain that with a calendar, that I wouldn’t have double booked myself like that. BUT…. There’s calendars on a normal phone as well. Once again, it won’t be able to sync with my Google calendar, but I’m sure with a little work, I can make it work.
  • 4. Reading – This is probably the only big thing that I’ll miss about my iPhone. I’ve really started to love reading and was burning through books on my iPhone, but ever since giving it up, I haven’t ready much at all. Now, I do have my iPad which I can read on, and I know there’s always things like Kindle’s and such, but I really do miss the small screen and how I was able to read through books rather quickly on there. Sorry there’s no BUT…
  • Overall, I think the Good things out weigh the Bad things for sure. Now if I can only find a small screen that I can read books on, like would be perfect.

    Still have about 13 days to decide…do you think you could go without your smart phone?